By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 19, 2011 at 5:11AM
What's more fun than watching four of the most acclaimed actors working right now behave very badly? Not much, if the just-released trailer for Roman Polanski's "Carnage" is anything to go by.
In adapting Yasmina Reza's Tony award-winning play "God of Carnage," it seems like the Academy Award-winning director and his amazing cast haven't held the play's acerbic edge back. In the film adaptation, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Walz and John C. Reilly play two sets of parents who meet to sort out a dispute between their young children. What begins as a cordial discussion, quickly devolves into an all out verbal war, where each couple's prejudices and contradictions are laid bare.
The whole affair takes place in an apartment. Judging by the unnerving preview, Polanski's back to his old games of ratcheting up tension in a confined space (see "The Ghost Writer" or "Rosemary's Baby" to get an idea), something he does like no other.
And that cast! Though everyone appears to be in top form, the show-stopper in the clip comes courtesy of Winslet when she loses her cool mid-way through the spot, slobbering her way through a vitriolic rant that leaves Reilly understandably stunned.
The film opens the upcoming New York Film Festival on September 30th and hits U.S. theaters in limited release December 16 via Sony Pictures Classics.